Outdated view ‘risk to online learning’

Outdated view ‘risk to online learning’ | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 03 October, 2012

HIGHER education is on the cusp of a radical structural shift as it embraces new technologies as a core element of teaching and learning. But the national regulator is so retrospective in its view of university as a bricks-and-mortar, on-campus experience it risks “obstructing innovation in online delivery and therefore jeopardising the nation’s competitiveness,” a leading vice-chancellor has said.In a searing attack at a Melbourne conference last week, University of New England head Jim Barber said the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency was undermining the government’s participation, diversity and even quality objectives through its imposition of a “uniform and now outdated model of education”.

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